To ensure every household achieves an annual income of minimum 2 Lakhs per annum through engaging in multiple livelihoods.

While 60% of India's population is directly dependent on agriculture, its contribution to the country's GDP is only 20%, indicating overdependence, unemployment and underemployment in the sector. With more than half the country's populations' direct dependence on this sector, we believe that there is a need to bring paradigm shift towards agriculture and its numerous tangible and intangible benefits.

OUR IMPACT

Swades will uplift and enrich the lives of its farmers and entrepreneurs.

targeting annual income of 2,00,000 per household

Capacity Building

24,298

farmers are trained in new farming techniques.

Poultry

4,199

households supplemented with

4,798 

units

Skilling

2,109

youths trained and

1,665

placed in formal employment

Advanced Paddy Cultivation

12,050

farmers trained on the technique, for better and progressive increase in yield & income.

Dairy

4,378

entrepreneurs created with

5,174

milch cattle

Direct Placement

428

youth facilitated interviews

179

were placed

Water For Irrigation

1,572

acres of land are transformed through drip and flood.

Goat Rearing

793

households engaged with 

3,276

animals

Grafted

114,384

trees grafted and

693,023

plants distributed for horticulture

Update as of 29th Sept 18

PROGRAMMES

ON-FARM PROGRAMME

The focus here is on bringing more cultivable land under assured irrigation, thus enabling farmers to sow economically viable crops like vegetables in rabi season, and increasing productivity and survival percentage of existing and recently planted orchards. These initiatives are bolstered by exposure visits for new adoptees and imparting technical knowledge by agri domain experts which aids in augmenting income levels of farmers who are otherwise largely dependent on growing rainfed paddy in the kharif season.

OFF-FARM PROGRAMME

Off-farm activities include dairy, goat rearing, fishing and poultry. Dairy is introduced to  develop an ecosystem around dairy farming and promote dairy as a sustainable livelihood option, which creates a steady revenue stream throughout the year for households. It also includes providing sustainability options to farmers like hydroponic fodder, azolla, mineral mixture, nutrition management and advisory services coupled with market linkages.Poultry is tailor made for the weaker sections of the community who are unable to adopt other economic development programmes. It provides a regular revenue and healthy protein source for the community. The focus here is on women SHGs and is helping in developing their entrepreneur skills. Goat rearing as a livelihood option is being adopted mainly by the tribal community, women lead households and poorest of poor sections of the society. Swades has helped in introduction of improved breeds of goat, veterinary support and health advisory to strengthen and make this programme sustainable.

NON-FARM PROGRAMME

The non- farm activities include skills training to youths and their placement in formal employment and enterprise development. It aims at enhancing the skills of the unemployed youth, thus empowering them to be placed in better jobs with higher salaries. This helps in augmenting the income levels of the household and instills a sense of pride amongst rural youth. Supporting new entrepreneurs with adequate training, exposure visits and best practises for enterprise development is also a part of the non-farm programme.

Damu Jadhav, aged 38, was a farm labourer until 2016. Coming from a small tribal village called Sanderi Adivasiwadi in the Mhasla block of Raigad district, he would spend his day like other fellow villagers logging trees and harvesting crops on others’ land.


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